The EasyCOVID-19 Project

EasyCOVID-19 LogoThe COVID-19 pandemic shows that, for all of us to be safe and healthy, all of us need to understand reliable COVID-19 information published on the web by every country. Our new and exciting EasyCOVID-19 Project is simplifying COVID-19 information (text) and transforming COVID-19 infographics and charts to make COVID-19 info understandable by every country’s huge populations of:

  • people with cognitive disabilities and/or low literacy;
  • seniors and the Deaf; and
  • non-native language speakers.

We have a wonderful, international team of passionate, highly skilled people from around the world.

We will regularly publish our progress and information about our efforts.

For more info, see our EasyCOVID-19 Website!

 

A for Access-ibility

Open Access Technologies LogoA few months ago, I was interviewed for a new podcast series: A is for Access-ibility. Created by Open Access Technologies, the series spotlights accessibility experts making technology more inclusive for people with disabilities.

Watching the series is a wonderful way to learn about accessibility, and about how I think artificial intelligence will play an important part in its future.

Join me and host, Portland Helmich, for their third installment of A is for Access-bility.

I thank Howard Berke for inviting me to be interviewed.

MassCONNECT PI for EasyText.AI

I was accepted to a while ago to the MassCONNECT PI Startup Accelerator Program for my EasyText.AI startup (training AI to simplify web text for people with cognitive disabilities).

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MassCONNECT PI is a program of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio). It matches Principle Investigators with subject matter experts and key opinion-leaders from the MassCONNECT network.

The MassCONNECT PI Program helps me:

  • translate my academic research to the market; and
  • expedite the spin-out of that research.

Brian Mullen

Brian Mullen, my MassCONNECT PI Startup Accelerator Advisor, has been providing me with wonderful advice. I love learning from him. I could not ask for a better advisor.

 

 

Appreciation

  • Lucie Rochard, Former Liaison for Scientific & Entrepreneurial Initiatives | Senior Director of Innovation Services, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council.
  • Steven Munevar, Former Senior Business Development Manager for Biomedical Research, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

MassVX for EasyText.AI

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I was accepted to a while ago to the MassVX Program for my EasyText.AI startup (training AI to simplify web text for people with cognitive disabilities).

MassVX is a program of the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC). It matches Academic Innovators with Entrepreneurial Champions.

The MassVX Program is helping me:

  • translate my academic research to the market; and
  • expedite the spin-out of that research.

John Ripple, my MassVX Entrepreneurial Champion, has been working with me every week for months. His industry knowledge and sage advice are integral to the successful launch of EasyText.AI. I could not have asked for a better mentor than John.

Appreciation

Suffolk U. for EasyText.AI

Suffolk University BostonThis is a message of appreciation for a Suffolk University team that has been helping me with my startup, EasyText.AI. It’s members include two smart, passionate, resourceful graduate students.

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The team also includes their wise professors with extensive startup knowledge and experience:

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The team has been helping me with research, pitch decks, business model canvases, market opportunities, and connections to potential investors.

I cannot thank this team enough!

 

MassCONNECT PI for EasyText.AI

Massachusetts Biotechnology Council

Massachusetts Biotechnology CouncilI was just accepted to the MassCONNECT PI program for my EasyText.AI startup (training AI to simplify web text for people with cognitive disabilities). I am excited!

MassCONNECT Pl is a program of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. It is for Principal Investigators in Life Sciences actively developing technology with industrial applications. 

The MassCONNECT Pl Program will help me:

  • validate my ideas;
  • obtain industry perspectives; and
  • determine a potential path with subject-matter experts and key opinion leaders.

Appreciation

  • For accepting me into the MassCONNECT Pl Program, I thank Lucie Rochard, Liaison for Scientific & Entrepreneurial Initiatives | Director of Innovation Services, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council.
  • For informing me about this wonderful program, and for guiding me in my startup journey, I thank Steven Munevar, Senior Business Development Manager/BRIDGE Fund, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

 

MIT I-Corps Customer Discovery Interviews

Please contact me! I would love to talk with you.New England Regional Innovation Node at MIT

I am conducting customer discovery interviews, which is the focus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Innovation-Corps program for my EasyText.AI startup (training AI to simplify web text for people with cognitive disabilities).

See my related blog post, “MIT Innovation Corps for EasyText.AI.”

Please contact me! Thank you!

MIT Innovation-Corps for EasyText.AI

New England Regional Innovation Node at MIT

New England Regional Innovation Node at MIT

I was just accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Innovation-Corps program for my EasyText.AI startup (training AI to simplify web text for people with cognitive disabilities). I am excited!

The I-Corps Program will help me:

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Two of my wonderful colleagues will join me.

I thank Philip Loew for accepting me into the I-Corps Program.

AI and Disability Interview

AXS Chat recently posted to YouTube an interview of me about my artificial intelligence (AI) research and work for people with disabilities. I talk, in part, about:

  • the promise of a text-comprehension parallel between AI and people with intellectual disabilities;
  • how AI-driven Web text simplification will benefit other populations, such as non-native language speakers; and
  • my work to make sure people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism are not left out of online education.

I thank the AXS Chat members, Neil Milliken, Debra Ruh, and Antonio Santos, for their tireless work to inform the world about inclusion and technology.

Amazon re:MARS Accessibility


Amazon Machine Learning Research Awards generously sponsored my colleagues and me to participate in last week’s Amazon re:MARS Conference. It was a global artificial intelligence (AI) event focused on Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics, and Space.

The conference was great with accessibility. I was assigned an employee who guided me everywhere and was just wonderful. The conference website was accessible and easy to navigate. When I identified accessibility problems with the mobile app and with SageMaker tools, Amazon personnel immediately assured me they would be fixed.

The sponsorship included participation in the re:MARS VIP Leadership Networking Reception. I was honored to speak with members of Amazon leadership as well as senior researchers from industry and academia.

We discussed:

  • my AI-driven, Web text simplification research;
  • AI fairness for people with disabilities; and
  • developing an Alexa skill for DisabilityInfo.org.